Issues Installing Macports

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Thu Sep 22 21:29:40 PDT 2011

On Sep 22, 2011, at 22:55, Chris Jones wrote:

> Hello. I'm having issues installing Macports. The binary installer
> says the installation is failing. The log is available here:
> Can anyone suggest a fix?

The problem appears to be that your home directory path (/Volumes/Macintosh HD/Users/cjones) contains spaces. We don't appear to have anticipated that. Usually a home directory would just be e.g. /Users/cjones. You appear to have two disks, "Mac System Disk" and "Macintosh HD"; presumably your OS is on Mac System Disk but you want your home directory on Macintosh HD.

Despite the error message, MacPorts has been successfully installed; you don't need to run the installer again. Because of the problem you do need to manually set up your shell though. See the guide:

We should fix this in the MacPorts installer. Nevertheless, consider changing your setup so that your home directory path does not contain spaces, for example rename your disk "Macintosh HD" to "MacintoshHD". I suspect there is a fair amount of software out there that will not anticipate your home directory path containing spaces and failing as well.

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